Monday, November 02, 2015

More Walt Disney World at Night, November 1971

Here are more vintage photos of The Magic Kingdom, taken at night!

In this first one we see the Crystal Palace, which bears a striking resemblance to my summer cottage (the little one, not the big one). Today it is a buffet-style eatery where you can meet characters such as Winnie the Pooh, but I believe that in '71 it was a full-service restaurant. It looks pretty great with hundreds of lights aglow on this November evening.  

Still on Main Street, we see a place called "The Cup and Saucer", which obviously sold propane and propane accessories. One humble garland and string of colored lights is all that we get to clue us in on the fact that Christmas is near. Hint: nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a tank of propane!


Nanook said...


I don't know about 'propane and holidays', but there was a 24-hour restaurant up here in Seattle (The Hurricane) that for one Mother's Day, had this lovely sentiment on their outdoor sign: Nothing says I love you like bacon and eggs. Them's words to live by-!

Thanks, Major, for more great views from WDW.

Pegleg Pete said...

Great pics today, Major. In my opinion, nothing says lovin' like early '70s nighttime photographs from WDW!

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, bacon and eggs are great, but I will take French toast and sausage links. Mmmm-mmm!

Pegleg Pete, I'm glad you like these, because there are more to come.

K. Martinez said...

Your header on today's article calls to mind how many casual visitors refer to the theme park as Walt Disney World and not the Magic Kingdom.

The Crystal Palace, where everyone can meet Pooh and be a Piglet! Nice shots today. Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

Speaking of Piglet, bacon and sausage don't appear to be on the breakfast menu at the Crystal Palace. I'm guessing it would be considered bad form to be hanging out with Pooh's buddy while chowing down on old T.W.

K. Martinez said...

Chuck, I'd forgotten about old Trespassers William.

"Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives
To eat their bacon"

Patrick Devlin said...

Thanks, as always, for the pics, Major. GDB is like a glass of orange juice for me each morning. Ahh.

I do have a question, though: What's the propane reference to? I can be a little unaware from time to time. Is this one of those times? I've looked and looked but can't see the propane tank. Help!

Major Pepperidge said...

K. Martinez, I don’t think I can even consider myself a “casual visitor”, since I’ve never been there.

Chuck, that IS very weird that you can’t get bacon or sausage for breakfast there; those are such stapes of a morning meal in America. Sorry, Piglet, but… get in my belly!

K. Martinez, when I used to go hiking at a nearby park, there was a bridge that went over a stream, and we would play “Pooh sticks”!

Patrick Devlin, unfortunately it’s not a very good story! I figured it was so obvious that “The Cup and Saucer” dealt with coffee and tea that I would make a bad joke. What is a ridiculous thing for them to sell? My brain went to the show “King of the Hill”, in which Hank Hill proudly sells “propane and propane accessories”. He despises butane because it is a “bastard gas”. Sorry for my lame stream-of-consciousness writing!

steve2wdw said...

As usual, I'm enjoying the WDW pics.....sadly, Crystal Palace was never a full service restaurant. It's always been buffet service. It would have been wonderful with table service.

Major Pepperidge said...

steve2wdw, once again, I made the mistake of assuming! I thought it would be similar to Disneyland’s Plaza Inn, which was full-service in its early days (and that was only a few years before these WDW photos were taken).